PHP – Debugging Curl

You can enable the CURLOPT_VERBOSE option and log that information to a (temporary) CURLOPT_STDERR:

// CURLOPT_VERBOSE: TRUE to output verbose information.
// Writes output to STDERR, 
// -or- the file specified using CURLOPT_STDERR.
curl_setopt($curlHandle, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, true);

$streamVerboseHandle = fopen('php://temp', 'w+');
curl_setopt($curlHandle, CURLOPT_STDERR, $streamVerboseHandle);

You can then read it after curl has done the request:

$result = curl_exec($curlHandle);
if ($result === FALSE) {
    printf("cUrl error (#%d): %s<br>\n",

$verboseLog = stream_get_contents($streamVerboseHandle);

echo "cUrl verbose information:\n", 
     "<pre>", htmlspecialchars($verboseLog), "</pre>\n";

(I originally answered similar but more extended in a related question.)

More information like metrics about the last request is available via curl_getinfo. This information can be useful for debugging curl requests, too. A usage example, I would normally wrap that into a function:

$version = curl_version();
$metrics = <<<EOD
URL....: $url
Code...: $http_code ($redirect_count redirect(s) in $redirect_time secs)
Content: $content_type Size: $download_content_length (Own: $size_download) Filetime: $filetime
Time...: $total_time Start @ $starttransfer_time (DNS: $namelookup_time Connect: $connect_time Request: $pretransfer_time)
Speed..: Down: $speed_download (avg.) Up: $speed_upload (avg.)
Curl...: v{$version['version']}

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